When I started this blog over 6 years ago, I thought it would only last a couple months, and maybe I’d spedt 10 - 15 hours a week writing occasional stories. 

Six years have come and gone and I now spend 50-60-70 hours a week researching, doing interviews and tracking down documents and writing my stories. Along the way I collected and have archived well over 2 millions emails, tens of thousands of documents, as well as several hundred hours of video tape, including dozens of videos of community meetings that should have been videoed by the city, but weren’t.

The thing that I’m most proud in writing this blog has been the stories I’ve uncovered that no one in the supposed main stream media ever thought of investigating because they were either too difficult, or worse, because they involved people who were considered part of the Family and Friend Plan that the news media as played a part in protecting far too many who deserve to be in a jail cell.

This year I’m really proud of the series of stories I’ve done on the illegal activities of Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez-Rundle, and I’m pleased to announce that that series is far from over.

The same is true for my series of stories on the efforts of Mayor Tomas Regalado to give away the Rickenbacker Marina in an RFP process that stinks so bad that it rivals the stench of the raw sewage that poured into the Bay as a result of the puncture of the sewer pipe underneath the Miami Beach Marina.

As rewarding as it’s been to uncover and write all the stories I’ve written, it continues to be a financial highwire act, and so without  belaboring the issue, this is a mid-year fundraising pitch to raise donations to cover the costs of a complete new computer system, and other expenses related to increasing the blog’s readership and impact.

If you can make a donation, I would appreciate it, even if the folks who I write about might not!

Thank you,

al crespo